meet our team

Herts Inclusive Theatre is based in Watford, Hertfordshire and is run by a small team of dedicated theatre professionals.

Caroline Stevens,
Director
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Herts Inclusive Theatre Director Caroline Stevens prior to the performance of The Wizard of Oz Panto by Herts Inclusive Theatre at The Pump House, Watford, United Kingdom. Picture: DANNY LOO

Caroline joined Herts Inclusive theatre in 2008 as Artistic Director, having previously worked for London Bubble, Trestle Theatre Company, Srishti, The New Theatre Royal, Harrow Arts Centre as well as working as a freelance practitioner and director. She gained a BA from Winchester University in Community Theatre, Drama and Media, through which she specialised in theatre with children with Autism and Life debilitating illnesses.

In 2018 Caroline became Director/Chief Executive of the organisation, leading the strategic and operational side of the organisation.
Caroline was delighted to represent HIT as a Paralympic Torchbearer in 2012 and perform in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics in London. Caroline is a community board member for Nationwide Building Society's community grant scheme.

caroline@hit-theatre.org.uk

Kerry Kavanagh,
Development and Volunteer Manager
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Kerry started work in the voluntary sector as a Regional Support Assistant at BBC Children in Need within London and the SE. In this role she gained a huge amount of experience into the behind the scenes workings of a wide range of different charities and voluntary groups. From there she moved onto a similar role at Help a London Child with an added element of connecting grant making to radio. Kerry then jumped over into the world of fundraising and used her grant making knowledge at Resources for Autism.  Since 2015 Kerry decided to follow her dream of opening a coffee shop and has successfully continued to run a community based coffee shop at the heart of a thriving community.

Kerry has thrown herself into fundraising over the years and ran the London Marathon, took part in a tandem skydive and walked over hot coals to name a few.

kerry@hit-theatre.org.uk

Ellie Short,
Creative Participation Manager
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Ellie has worked as an actor, inclusive theatre practitioner and creative learning producer throughout London and Hertfordshire, working for companies including Churchill Theatre, Hoxton Hall, East End Shed and Polka Theatre. Ellie was Creative Learning Officer for Churchill Theatre for over six years, where she co-produced productions, festivals and youth theatre for participants aged 4-90, as well as original children's theatre and sensory specialist workshops. Ellie gained a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, before training as an actor at Arts Educational Schools London.

ellie@hit-theatre.org.uk

Jenny Horan,
Administrator
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Theatre and the arts have been a big passion of Jenny’s since a young age. In 2015, she graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Theatre Design. After university, Jenny worked in America at a performing arts summer camp for 3 months where she was able to teach different art skills to a range of young people daily as well as learn new skills around the camp herself. This was one of the best experiences she did and the chance to meet so many people from all around the world from so many backgrounds and cultures was fantastic. Jenny is currently enjoying assisting at our 'Colourful Minds' Art Therapy sessions alongside her usual work with HIT.

Her favourite thing to do is visit the Theatre whenever she can. One of Jenny's biggest achievements was completing the Couch to 5K challenge.

jenny@hit-theatre.org.uk

Emma Harrington,
Workshop Facilitator
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Emma joined as a volunteer in 2003 and has since had a long standing relationship with Herts Inclusive Theatre and has played an integral part in the growth and success of the charity.
Emma is very passionate about the arts and working with people of all abilities. She has worked with children, young people and adults for over 16 years and has a wealth of knowledge of how to work in an inclusive environment.
Emma is a Workshop Facilitator for our Watford Children and Youth groups and for one of our Adult groups at HIT. She is also a qualified yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing practitioner specialising in working with people of all abilities.

emma@hit-theatre.org.uk

Jodi Burgess,
Workshop Welfare & Workshop Coordinator
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Jodi has worked as a playwright, director and producer for over six years in London's theatres including The Royal Court and Southwark Playhouse. Her work has involved challenging the mental health stigma and striving for theatre to be inclusive for all. Jodi is passionate about the therapeutic use of the arts and reaching those without access to it. After completing her training at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in 2021, she also currently practises as a counsellor with Mind. Jodi's love for the natural world, and the therapeutic benefits in reconnecting with it, greatly influences her work today. Jodi is thrilled to be working with Herts Inclusive Theatre as a Workshop and Welfare Coordinator.

jodi@hit-theatre.org.uk

Tanya Byrne,
Workshop Facilitator
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Tanya has been involved in performing arts, community theatre and musical theatre from a young age, from performing onstage to playing and leading from the pit as Music Director, and at the helm of many productions as Director. She is a classically trained pianist and singer who attended Chetham's School of Music, before graduating from Cardiff University with a joint honours degree in Music and English Literature.

She has worked in Wales, Beijing, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and London as a music and drama teacher, choral director and as artistic director of a children’s theatre company. She has also worked closely with a range of charities which use the performing arts to support young people and build inclusive communities.

Tanya is currently enjoying studying for a Masters Degree (MAED) in Special Educational Needs with the University of Exeter. She loves living in Hertfordshire and getting out into nature for long walks with her husband and two dogs.

Jake Morry,
Workshop Welfare & Workshop Coordinator
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Jake coordinates at our Hemel Hempstead groups and loves using his imagination in a physical space. When Jake isn't having fun with HIT, he will be studying producing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

jake@hit-theatre.org.uk

Stuart Mullins,
Workshop Facilitator
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Stuart currently leads our Adult online group and our two Stevenage groups. As an actor he worked in film and television, but his real love has always been theatre. He has produced and directed many plays; he’s passionate about making plays for, by and with young people.

For seven years he was Creative Director at Theatre Is, funded by Arts Council to work with young audiences. In that time, he worked closely with companies such as Oily Carte and Theatre Centre. In the last fourteen years he has been based in Hertfordshire, working extensively across the greater south east. For two years he worked as Associate Director at Cardboard Citizen’s, a company famous for its work with people who have experienced homelessness; in that time he got to know Herts Young Homeless, with whom he now works. He is also Associate Artist at Hertford Theatre, developing new relationships with schools in the District. Living in Hertford, Stuart has a family, being a dad to his six year old daughter, Polly.

stuart@hit-theatre.org.uk

Rose Williams,
Workshop Welfare & Workshop Coordinator
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Since being a teenager, the performing arts has played a major role in Rose's life. She has recently joined HIT as a Workshop and Welfare Co-ordinator after graduating with a degree in Drama and English Literature from Aberystwyth University, and is loving every second of it. She presently has aspirations to become a voice-over artist, something that she is incredibly passionate about. Rose is happy to be able to work with HIT, using her passion for the arts to both encourage and entertain.

rose@hit-theatre.org.uk

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Board

Chair
Gayle Bryans

Vice Chair
Michael Lewis

Treasurer
David Duncan

Trustees
Christine Armstrong
Stephen Cavinder
Aniela Perriam
Amy Lazzerini
Neil Ben
Sheryl Norman
Lee Keogh